IFP vindicated on Treasury issues

2017-02-08 06:02

THE Inkatha Freedom Party in Kwa­Zulu-Natal feels vindicated on the issue of the irregular goings on in the KZN Treasury after the KZN premier intervened and overruled the MEC of Finance, Belinda Scott, who threatened to take the report of former public protector Thuli Madonsela on judicial review.

As the IFP, we have been very vocal on the issue of the alleged corruption that is happening in the KZN Treasury and the failure of the MEC to implement the former public protector’s remedial action as stated in her “Rocking the Boat” report, which exposed the abuse of power and victimisation of a whistle-blower, Fikile Hlatshwayo-Rouget.

Premier Willies Mchunu has done the right thing by displaying leadership and taking a stand in this matter and we commend him for this. It is this kind of leadership that will take our province forward. We urge the premier to institute a thorough investigation into the dealings of the Treasury and root out corrupt elements once and for all.

We raised serious concerns about the alleged abuse of public funds after the provincial government paid R25 million for the Durban North Sea Jazz Festival, an event that did not take place and years later that money is still to be recovered. We raised this issue among many others in the legislature at a press conference in November 2016, but we were threatened with legal action that did not materialise.

At the press conference we presented a detailed report of some of the damning dealings in Treasury and called for the implementation of the public protector’s directives, including the reinstatement of Hlatshwayo-Rouget.

We were not taken seriously, despite the fact that attempts to sweep alleged corruption involving Treasury under the carpet were brought to light. Since taking office, Scott has promised to run a clean ship and root out corruption and wasteful expenditure, but she has not lived up to her promise.

The IFP will not succumb to threats of legal action when we are confident of the facts at hand. We commend the bravery of Hlatshwayo-Rouget and call upon all other officials who have the best interest of the citizens of KwaZulu-Natal at heart to come forward with evidence of wrongdoing without fear of victimisation.

The IFP will stand by you as we fight for the people we are called upon to serve with honesty and integrity.

BLESSED GWALA
IFP leader, KZN Legislature

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